Samit Dasgupta

DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentPBSci-Mathematics Department
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OfficeMcHenry Building Room #4128
Campus Mail StopMathematics Department
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Samit Dasgupta

Research Interests

Professor Samit Dasgupta's research focuses on number theory and arithmetic algebraic geometry. Specifically, he studies the connections between special values of L-functions, algebraic points on Abelian varieties, and units in number fields. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected Dasgupta to receive a 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship. His work uses the theory of p-adic modular forms and Galois representations, and has enabled him to make headway on some central problems in modern number theory. In particular, he has made progress on Stark's conjectures, which are precise versions of Hilbert’s 12th problem, and proved the Gross-Stark conjecture. These conjectures consist of explicit formulae which express units in number fields in terms of special values of certain L-functions. Dasgupta’s work in this area represents significant progress since Stark first made his conjectures in the 1970's.

Biography, Education and Training

A.B., Harvard University
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley